Paul: Socialites of Today Have Nothing on Patty Hearst


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Socialites of today may try to shock us with their partying and DUI’s, but back in 1974 Patty Hearst put them all to shame. Kidnapped from her apartment by left-wing guerrilla group Symbianese Liberation Army, she disavowed her former life to fight for their radical cause. They demanded her father, a publishing tycoon, feed all the poor people in California. They actually brought in trucks of free food to poor neighborhoods in the bay area. She sent a series of mind-fuck tapes to her family full of quotes like this, “…Mom, Dad, I’m with a combat unit that’s armed with automatic weapons….Death to the fascist insect that preys upon the life of the people.” She changed her name to Tania and became a real bad-ass chick. Check out this video of her and her comrades robbing a bank!

She went to jail for that later, though Jimmy Carter eventually commuted her sentence. These days she lives in Connecticut and keeps pretty quiet. If you want to learn more there’s a really good documentary called Guerilla, The Taking of Patty Hearst.


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